Dana White On UFC 168: I Don't Know If I've Ever Been This Excited For A Fight

Posted on September 29, 2013, 07:54 PM by Mike Drahota
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UFC President Dana White has been a whirlwind tour promoting the December Middleweight title rematch between Chris Weidman and former champion Anderson Silva. The promotional event has seen a barrage of media coverage, with endless speculation that can only be clarified when the fight goes down December 28 from MGM Grand Garden Arena in Las Vegas, Nevada.

Obviously there are a ton of questions to prognosticate on concerning this fight, which may end up being the biggest MMA fight of all time. Many are wondering just how Silva will fight in the rematch, as his showboating, arrogant style appeared to have cost him the first bout with Weidman. White spoke up to MMA Weekly to give his take on the subject:

“I have no idea how this is going to go. Do I think Silva’s gonna come out and fight like he did last time? I do not. I mean, who knows, he might. Who knows with him? He’s a talented freak of nature that can pull off a lot of things. I think that’s part of the intrigue of this is seeing what he’s gonna do, how he’s gonna come out and fight this time, how’s Weidman gonna respond, I don’t know, it’s awesome. I love this fight. I’m a promoter, I’m up here selling this fight, or whatever, I get it, but I’m telling you right now, I don’t know if I’ve ever been this excited for a fight.”

While White may be hyping up one of the biggest rematches the young sport of MMA has ever seen, there’s no doubt that the buzz surrounding Weidman vs. Silva II will be electric. Tension is already building around the enigmatic challenger, and the president may be right when he stated that part of the suspense is seeing just how Silva is going to respond to his first-ever UFC loss.

On the other hand, Weidman is calm and collected as always, carrying a quiet confidence after knocking out a man that many thought to be invincible. The young champion recently said that he expects Silva to bring the same game to UFC 168, and Silva has said that is just him. It’s hard to see how ‘The Spider’ regains the belt against an opponent like Weidman with that gameplan, but just like White believes, there’s no telling what will happen come December 28. 

 


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  • Michael Stephensen
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    I presume Silva will be like he was against Rich Franklin. All business and very dangerous.

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  • David Saucier
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    I will never forget the deer in the headlights look Franklin had in his eyes.

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  • akieyugames
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    Silva's out to prove he is still the the numero uno p4p fighter in mma - that is fcuking scary. Weidman is out to prove it wasn't a fluke the 1st time, Silva loyalist are out there angrily typing sh!t, Weidman fans and Silva haters are trolling all the way.. and that makes it a hellavafcukingfight! Can't wait,

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  • cranestyle
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    I'm with Dana on this one. But I think Silva isn't just fighting for the belt, he's fighting to erase public perception of getting KO'd and what it will mean to his legacy.

    The Spider's accomplishments speak for themselves but now that he's not at the top of the p4p list, the title of G.O.A.T. may be hard to keep. Especially if Jones, GSP or Aldo keep winning and pass his records.

    If Anderson takes out Weidman, it will be perceived as a great comeback and do a lot to replace the KO in people's minds. If he loses to Weidman again, it won't change the incredible career numbers he's put up, or the minds of MMA fans so much, but perhaps how he is remembered by a wider audience.

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  • Synyster
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    I honestly dont see silva with much more then a punchers chance in this fight.. you cant possible compare weidman to rich franklin, if anderson comes forward and starts being aggressive it opens up the takedown, hes much better off counterstriking against weidman and we saw that didnt work last time, this fight is gonna be really hard for silva no matter what.. That being said I obviously wouldnt be surprised if silva catches anyone in the world.

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  • Entity
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    "I Don't Know If I've Ever Been This Excited For A Fight" = This might be my biggest payday!

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